It’s rare that an illness can dominate a news cycle, especially with an upcoming Presidential election. Coronavirus has managed to do it, though. Watching the media cover this is like watching a mystery unfold. The story changes daily. The more it changes the more dangerous the disease appears to be. Bottom line, there is no trusted source for this story at this date, March 3, 2020.
Coronaviruses were studied in the 1970’s. SARS and MERS are examples. The current outbreak is too new to accurately project how widespread it will become in the US. At this time it will likely not peak until mid to late March and April.
It is important to remember, if germs automatically caused disease we would all be dead. Without the right environment, germs can do little harm. The environment I am referring to exists in your body. The condition of your nervous and immune systems determine whether you will fall ill from Coronavirus, or any other germ. Likely there will be no coronavirus vaccine available this year.
Knowing you will not be rescued by a vaccine it may be good to have a plan to help your immune system prepare for the virus. From a chiropractic perspective this means get adjusted and take supplements. I am taking D3, a homeopathic flu nosode, support for the thymus and lungs, as well as something to fight viruses. The other thing I am doing is to ingest no processed sugars.
The allopathic community has made a number of recommendations. The precautions being recommended are mostly the same as recommended during flu seasons. A major difference is that many sites are recommending the use of masks and gloves. Other recommendations I have seen are:
1. Do not shake hands.
2. Touch with your knuckle not your hand.
3. Do not grasp the handles.
4. Use disinfectant wipes whenever available.
5. Wash your hands with soap for at least 10-20 seconds often
6. If you’ve been around people use alcohol based hand sanitizers when you return home
6. Keep hand sanitizer in your car.
7. If you cough or sneeze dispose of the tissue immediately.
It may be that the virus can be passed on for up to a week or more if it contacts your clothing. This means you need to clean clothes often after being around people. There has already been a run on many store bought products. These include latex or nitrile latex disposable gloves, disinfectants, and masks. It is believed a mask cannot protect from a direct sneeze or cough, but it can keep you from touching your nose or mouth and contracting the virus that way.
Many believe you cannot be infected by breathing air, but if your unprotected face is directly coughed or sneezed upon you will contract the virus. Where the virus contacts a surface it may be infectious for a week. This means the clothes and other items on infected people will be contaminated and potentially infectious. If you touch those areas then touch your face you may become infected. This virus only infects lungs and only through your nose or mouth. This is why it is so important to keep your hands clean and do not touch your face.
While I believe it is prudent to be as cautious as possible, I also believe the most important thing you can do is to support your nervous and immune systems. By being here you are showing a commitment to your nervous system. Ask me if you need help getting appropriate supplements.